Weddings

After Steven and Shelly’s touching ceremony, we followed the couple and the bridal party outside for some beautiful shots before sunset. Then it was back to The Chuck Jones Center for a one-of-a-kind reception and dinner. The couple sprinkled many personal touches throughout the reception, including napkins with a personalized message, bowls overflowing with candy, and countless roses and calla lilies. It was a pleasure to watch their closest family and friends take turns toasting the couple with one sweet speech after another. But it wasn’t all serious! Shelly had a big surprise waiting for Steven. She invited his favorite DJ to spin for the reception! It was a fantastic treat for everyone who intended to dance. Shelly also wowed guests by serenading everyone with a song. She has a gorgeous voice!  We also got some cheeky shots of Steven removing Shelly’s garter. Steven and Shelly are so down to earth and talented, and their wedding day embodied their spirit. Read More

Weddings

We always love to work with couples from Long Beach. The city seems to produce almost exclusively great people. Steven and Shelly are the perfect example of that. We were with the couple at the Wyndham Costa Mesa as they prepared for their beautiful day. Shelly looked simply stunning as the makeup artist completed the finishing touches. Her dress and bouquet were equally gorgeous and dramatic. It was clear from the serene expression on her face how much the day meant to her. Her bridesmaids kept Shelly company in perfectly chic black gowns. Finally, it was time for the ceremony at The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a nonprofit founded by the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones. The Center’s website says its vision is, “to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.” The space is very minimalistic and served as a blank canvas for the Read More

Weddings

Welcome to Part Two of the Swanson Wedding! Shannon and Billy’s wedding was the epitome of elegance and fun. After finishing their Coors Lights at a quaint cottage B&B, the couple moved the party to The Wedgwood, a Spanish style clubhouse at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. We captured some wonderful moments as Billy and Shannon exchanged vows under an idyllic open-air gazebo. The golf course provided a perfectly lush, green backdrop. By the time they were done, there was not a dry eye to be found. And then it was time to celebrate.  The theme was Jack Daniels after all! By the time Shannon and Billy joined the reception, the dance floor was already packed.  It was clear everyone was  having the time of their lives. And yes, the whiskey flowed! We feel so lucky to have been a part of the Swanson’s incredibly unique day.  Everyone was so warm and helpful, we couldn’t help wondering if we were somewhere in Read More

Weddings

After meeting Shannon for the first time, we knew we were up for a grand ‘ole time at their wedding. She actually forewarned us about their upcoming Jack Daniels theme, but assured us it would be done in a classy way. Honestly, we just can’t say enough good things about these two. They’ve made working with them such a joy & a pleasure – so a big THANK YOU in advance! We shot all the prep content at this lush but quaint venue adorned with all kinds of details. From its garden mazes to its perfectly manicured lawns and robust succulents throughout the property, this is a true gem. It was the perfect setting for the Billy & Shannon, who are a fun,  laid-back couple that like to kick back and enjoy life.  They decided to get ready at The Cottage before the ceremony at the Wedgewood San Clemente because of its beauty and uniqueness. They also didn’t hold back their casual, upbeat natures and Read More

Engagements

Kids aren’t the only ones who can be playful and giddy, meet Guy and Melody who had a lot of fun while we shot their engagement at Alamitos Pier & Colorado Lagoon. What makes this content special is that these two are just really fun and off the cuff! These are some of the best types of images we like to capture because they always turn out so natural. Not to say that the other engagement sessions aren’t great too…we just happen to like these photos a lot! Guy and Melody were so easy going and they totally opened up to being photographed in some of our favorite spots around Long Beach. They clearly enjoyed being around each other, showing lots of PDA, laughing, flirting, dancing in the ocean and kicking off their shoes to walk in the sand. Guy and Melody will be getting married in the near future in Zimbabwe, Africa, and we look forward to possibly accompanying them on their journey to photograph their wedding. Many Read More

Portraits

For Harrah and Nikki, we opted not to do the typical Santa Monica Beach/Pier shots – eating ice cream, holding a balloon, and looking out over the railing on the pier. Instead, we took unique shots of Harrah and Nikki that speak volumes about the love they share for one another. We visited multiple locations in Santa Monica: The pier & boardwalk, Tongva Park, and the Viceroy Hotel. They wore both the traditional Indian wedding garb and western wedding attire, which was great for working around the various areas of the beach-front. The architectural structures, the park’s colorful fields with lush greenery, the mosaic archway of City Hall, the evening silhouettes with the rollercoaster at the Santa Monica Pier in the distance – all were great backdrops to support this fantastic content. As a side-note, Tongva Park is a great place to have a session because it is not your typical park. It’s an example of great landscape design & overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The Read More

Engagements

Some couples just flow easy together like a fine wine and a good meal, and Alan and Jenae are the perfect example. Not only do they look comfortable in casual day clothing but they also look like they own the world when they slip into something more fancy like these photos show. And even though we opted to take their engagement photos at some of the usual places like downtown LA’s  City Hall Park and at the Grand Park Fountains, we put a little of our magic into the shots to make them turn out fun & candid. There’s nothing like grabbing a shot at just the right time to capture a priceless expression. Downtown Los Angeles also affords us the unique  architecture, beautiful fountains, and secret little nooks & crannies to work in… it’s all so inviting. Can’t you just see yourself there, too? We love the contrast of getting those lit night shots, too that highlight the couple in all of their glory Read More

Portraits

Nothing says “wow what a surprise,” better than when a man drops down on his knee to propose! And that’s exactly what happened when Chet decided to ask Michelle to be his future wife when the two were at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. We were there to capture the moment on camera — which left us feeling happy — and snapped many photos of their special day at the picturesque location. From casual shots of the couple walking to a close-up of their hands overlapping each other’s and more Michelle showing off her engagement ring, it was a great day for all. They also climbed some rocks, embraced on the shoreline, and simply enjoyed themselves savoring their time together. Of course Chet chose a magical place to pledge his love when he picked the Terranea Resort. Poised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea Resort opened in June 2009 as the only luxury Read More